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Moulton fire extinguished nearly two days later

The fire in Moulton that began about 8 p.m. Monday and destroyed businesses continued to burn Wednesday morning.

Posted: Apr 24, 2019 7:58 AM
Updated: Apr 24, 2019 7:25 PM

UPDATE:

WAAY 31 spoke with one of the most devoted customers of the burned-down restaurant, Court Street Grille. Fire crews said, Wednesday afternoon, the last of the hotspots were extinguished.

The Moulton fire about 5:20 a.m. Wednesday. (Photo courtesy of David Alexander)

“We’re more than friends. We’re like family," Charlie Bishop said. "It’s like a second home to me. Right now, my home is gone.”

Charlie Bishop said he visited Court Street Grill every single day for years.

“That’s my heart and soul, that restaurant. I got treated with respect by all of the waitresses. They treated me like gold," he said.

So, when Bishop heard his favorite spot was destroyed by a fire, he was heartbroken.

“I just dropped to my knees. I was like, ‘Oh no!’ I wish it never happened," he said.

Court Street Grill was just one of three businesses destroyed. Two others were damaged.

Moulton Fire Chief Ryan Jolly said, with a fire this big, the amount of equipment and manpower they have was an issue.

"Ideally, you would like to have ten trucks and fifty men, but in a town as small as we are, it’s a logistics thing," Jolly said.

The department has had help from local contractors and several nearby fire departments, including Russellville Fire, which brought a ladder truck on Wednesday.

Even with the loss of business, and the fact that it took a little longer than expected to get the fire completely out, Chief Jolly said he’s proud of the way they’ve handled the situation.

“Most of us have been up for about 48 hours at least," Jolly said. "You can see most of us haven’t had time to even shave.”

Both the fire chief and Charlie Bishop believe the City of Moulton will grow from this devastation, and Bishop says his restaurant will be back.

“It will come again," he said. "It will be rebuilt and built just like a new one! Better than ever. And I hope and pray to God it comes sooner than we think.”

If the restaurant is rebuilt, Bishop said he's ready.

“Your number one guy, Charlie Bishop, will be back at that restaurant, at the front door, waiting to come in," he said.

The Moulton fire chief tells WAAY 31 he expects at least a couple million dollars worth of damage was done by the fire.

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The fire in Moulton that began about 8 p.m. Monday and destroyed businesses continues to burn Wednesday morning.

Moulton Fire Chief Patrick Jolly said this isn’t a new fire. When contractors began knocking down walls Tuesday, more parts of the fire were revealed.

Jolly said the plan is to let the fire burn itself out.

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